November '10 PB&J Adventures
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November 25 through 28 - Wears Valley (Cove Creek RV), Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), and Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Typically, when we visit this area, we stay at the KOA campground in Townsend. It's one of the nicest campgrounds in the area, but it's a bit pricey (we paid almost $70 this Summer for riverside sites), and if you don't plan to use their awesome amenities, it's hard to justify.
On this particular trip, our plan was to spend two full days at Dollywood, and little time at the campground. So, Daddy spent several hours researching campgrounds in the area, even Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. He found some prospects, but most were booked-up through the holiday weekend. Then, he found Cove Creek RV Resorts and Rentals, a place that looked like an ideal place to camp in Wears Valley between Townsend and Pigeon Forge. What's more, the rate was an acceptable $33.00. It sounded great.
Here is what their website said: (the pictures are ours - please read on afterward)
"At Cove Creek RV Resort choose sites offering personal outdoor gazebos with lounging areas and outdoor fireplaces or perhaps you would prefer to be creek-side so the lull of the babbling waters can soothe you to sleep at night. Whichever you choose Cove Creek RV Resort will not disappoint. We offer a first-class clubhouse, bathhouse, workout facilities, onsite laundry facilities, a game room, an outdoor pool and outdoor recreation, a conference center as well as an onsite fishing pond.
Join us at Cove Creek RV Resort & Rentals for your next camping trip to the Smokies. Close enough to all the Pigeon Forge attractions yet far enough away for you to enjoy the quietness and breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains in the quaint area of Wears Valley. Indulge in our first class amenities and service. Cove Creek RV Resort . . . luxury awaits.
We are working
to make the campground better, please bear with us as we
are 75% complete.
Ok, the key here is the last sentence of the
above quote. It gives you the impression that the campground is undergoing
some "improvements", and it's almost done. In fact further investigation
makes it appear as thou this was published in early Summer (June). So one
might assume, as I did, this nice luxury campground is probably nearing
completion by November. The pictures were great, but there were suspiciously
very few pictures to view. Finally, I cast all caution aside and booked
three consecutive nights. Shame on me.
In all fairness, that last sentence
on their home page does provide a bit of a disclaimer that warns of the
campground's condition, and there is a nice looking pool
and exercise room with four pieces of equipment, and Wears Valley is
beautiful, and it is convenient to Pigeon Forge, and it was just $33 a
night, and we really didn't spend anytime there during the day, and the site
was pretty level, so I'll give them a break. I'd have probably stayed here
in the same situation had I known the truth in advance, but I'm most offended by the website's
misrepresentation of the camping facility and its surroundings. I do think
that someday this will be a very nice "RV
Park". I doubt you'll be able to rent a site for $33, and maybe someday in
the far far distant future, their sites may also be worth $69,000, but I'm
not holding my breath. Here are some more pictures of the RV park. The
"Lodge" was never open while we were at the park, so we didn't get pictures
there. Scroll down for our two days at Dollywood.
November 12 through 14 - McKinney Campground, Lake
Allatoona - Cartersville/Acworth, GA
the evenings, we watched for meteors (without much luck) and enjoyed a
roaring fire. We were visited by a very friendly cat hat wanted to come
home with us, but Daddy and Mommy said we had just the right number of
cats right now. Our friend, Calbert spent one might, and his mom Pamba
visited when she came to pick him up the next day. As usual, it was a
very fun and relaxing weekend with lots of little events that made it
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